Today I am giving you my thoughts on White Stag by Kara Barbieri. I received a copy of this arc last year. Thanks to Meghan and Sarah from St. Martins Press for providing me this copy.
This book was released in January so it’s available to read.
As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.
Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad—especially when it comes to those you care about.
Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.
This book is an enchanting, intriguing, page-turning fantasy. The storyline had me captivated from the beginning till the end.
Kara does a great job drawing in her readers by the descriptiveness of the story. I felt that I was actually a part of that world. Along for the wild and fun journey.
You can never tell where the storyline is going, the unpredictability. The pages just kept on turning and turning. The outcome left me shocked at times, in awe and wanting to read more.
You read a story about goblins and the way that they are described you think to yourself; how can that be attractive or hot. Goblins are not attractive or hot. They are ugly little things.
Guess what, Kara does such a good job bring this fantasy world alive, for most of the story I forgot that Sorin was goblin and I just thought of him as the super-hot, sexy, warrior fighter being.
Janneke knew from a small age that she was destined for something greater. She couldn’t figure out what that could be. The journey that she went through made me cringe, scream, cry and rejoice. Not many would have survived but she was destined. Janneke’s backstory was delivered at important points it helped to correlate why she did, felt and thought things.
Overrall, it’s a MUST ,MUST, MUST read. If you are a fan of fantasy stories you don’t want to miss out on this one. Once you start reading you are going to be so submerged in this story. Love it. I can’t wait for the second book.
My rating: 💋💋💋💋💋
Kara Barbieri is a writer living in the tiny town of Hayward, Wisconsin. An avid fantasy fan, she began writing White Stag at eighteen and posting it to Wattpad soon after under the name of ‘Pandean’. When she’s not writing, you can find her marathoning Buffy the Vampire Slayer, reviving gothic fashion, and jamming to synthpop.